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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION-1.1
INTRODUCTION-1.2
INTRODUCTION-1.3
INTRODUCTION-1.4
INTRODUCTION-1.5
INTRODUCTION-1.6
INTRODUCTION-1.7
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2
THE STUDY OF SEXUAL INVERSION
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-3
HISTORY-1-2-3-4
HISTORY-5
HISTORY-6
HISTORY-7-8
HISTORY-9
HISTORY-10-11-12
HISTORY-13-14
HISTORY-15
HISTORY-16-17-18-19
HISTORY-20
HISTORY-21 (begin)
HISTORY-21 (end)
HISTORY-22-23-24
HISTORY-25
HISTORY-26
HISTORY-27
HISTORY-28-29-30-31-32
HISTORY-33
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-3
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-4
HISTORY-34-35-36-37
HISTORY-38
HISTORY-39.1
HISTORY-39.2
HISTORY-39.3
HISTORY-39.4
FOOTNOTES
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-4
FOOTNOTES
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
CONCLUSIONS-1
CONCLUSIONS-2
CONCLUSIONS-3
CONCLUSIONS-4
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B-1
APPENDIX B-2-3-4
INDEX OF AUTHORS

sentimental and ideal. M.O. is sure that with himself the main 

consideration was always the other boy's beauty. He began to 

recall with great fondness a certain much older and very handsome 

youth who had lived near him in the first neighborhood, and had 

at the time shown him, various little friendly attentions. He 

seldom saw him now, and hardly sought to do so, yet was immensely 

pleased by a casual word or look from him in the schoolyard, and 

much interested when other people spoke of him. 

 

A cousin about two years younger than M.O. often visited him and 

slept with him. They were very fond of each other, and handled 

each other's organs. 

 

When M.O. was about 11 years of age the family removed to a 

distant neighborhood, where there were almost no children of his 

own age, and where any association with those in the one just 

left was practically impossible. From this time until the changes 

of puberty were well under way his sexual life contrasted 

strongly, in its solitude, with the former promiscuity. He 

remembers liking to wrestle with two or three schoolboys and to 

get their heads between his legs. He thinks they were not aware 

of his sexual impulses. He flirted, consciously flirted, with 

certain school-girls, but never even suggested anything sexual to 

them. He read a few family medical books. 

 

One day, lying on an old uneven couch, innocently enough at 

first, he induced a new and delicious sensation, altogether 

different from any he had ever dreamed of--something far beyond 

the satisfaction of mere curiosity. He repeated the thing and 

before long produced emissions. Masturbation soon followed. 

Certain days he would perform the act two or three times, but 

again he would avoid it for days. He began at once to fight the 

tendency, and felt very guilty and very ashamed for indulging it. 

He prayed for help and at times wept over his failures to break 

the habit so quickly formed. For a certain period, after two or 

three years, he seemed to have succeeded, but he observed that he 

had intense erotic dreams with copious emissions regularly every 

eight days. Just then certain newspaper advertisements fell under 

his eye, and these persuaded him that he had produced in himself 

a diseased condition. He never resorted to the remedies 

advertised, but he was discouraged in his efforts to overcome the 

bad habit; and since the evil effects appeared to consist only in 

the seminal losses, he concluded that he might as well have the 

greater enjoyment of masturbation. 

 

For a short time, he remembers that he had an intense but 

revolting interest in the sexual organs of animals, especially 

horses. The males were much more interesting. 

 

Gradually he began to develop, entirely from within, the ideal of 

a male comrade,--a beautiful, emotional boy between whom and 

himself there might exist a powerful romantic passion. He lay for 

hours dreaming of this, and inventing thrilling situations. 

Suddenly, at church, he became acquainted with the very youth, 

Edmund, who seemed to satisfy all his longings. M.O. was then 161/2 

and Edmund 15. A real wooing ensued, Edmund finally yielding to 

the physical appeals of M.O. after several fits of misgiving. The 

yielding was in the end complete, however. The two spent night 

after night together, enjoying intercrural intercourse and 

sometimes mutual masturbation. Their parents may have been 

slightly uneasy at times, but the connection continued 

uninterruptedly for a year and a half or more. In the meantime 

M.O. occasionally had relations with other boys, but never 

wavered in his real preference for Edmund. For girls he had no 

sexual desire whatever, though he was much associated with them. 

 

Then M.O. and Edmund went to college at different places, but 

they met in vacations and wrote frequent and ardent love-letters. 

Both had genuine attacks of love-sickness and of jealousy. As 

M.O. looks back on this first love passion he can by no means 

regret it. It doubtless had great formative influence. 


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